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Pair of Yankees’ rookies set MLB record in their debuts – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 15th, 2016 by Ian

Pair of Yankees’ rookies set MLB record in their debuts
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The Alex Rodriguez era with the New York Yankees came to an on Friday, August 12th and it took less than 24 hours for a new one to begin with 24-year-old rookies Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin leading the way. Both Judge and Austin thrilled the Yankee Stadium crowd on August 13th in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays when they each hit a home run in their first major league at bats. The feat came on the day the Yankees honoured their 1996 World Series team before the game, which they ended up winning by a score of 8-4.

Austin got things going in the second inning when he slammed a 92-mile-per-hour fastball 331 feet into the right-field bleachers for a solo dinger in his very first MLB at bat. Judge was waiting at home plate to congratulate him and then proceeded to drill a 446-foot homer into center field just a few seconds and four pitches later in his first MLB at bat. In fact, they became the first teammates to hit home runs in their first Major League plate appearances in the same game and they just happened to do it in back-to-back fashion. The historic feat made the Yankees’ fans forget about A-Rod as the team ushers in a new era with Austin and Judge going 2 for 4 in their debuts.

The closest thing to two teammates homering in their first at bats came way back in April of 1938. On this day, Ernie Koy of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Heinie Mueller of the Philadelphia Phillies each hit a home run in their first MLB at bat, in the same game, but of course they were on opposing teams. According to the New York Times, Judge’s home run was the third-longest at the new Yankee stadium. He also proved it wasn’t a fluke as he pounded another homer against Tampa the very next day. In addition to Austin and Judge’s home runs on August 12th, Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks also hit homers and it was the first time ever that five Yankees all under the age of 26 homered in the same game.

Austin was scheduled to be called up to the Yankees on August 12th and Judge was called up with him when outfielder Brett Gardner suffered an injury the night before. Judge is considered a top prospect in right field as his 6-foot-7-inch, 275 lb frame gives him tremendous power. Before the Yankees called him up, Judge was batting .270 in the minors with Scranton and also had 19 home runs along with 65 RBI’s in 93 games. Austin plays first base and was promoted to Scranton in June after playing at Class AA Trenton to start the year. He had 13 home runs and 49 RBI’s in 57 games at Scranton and was hitting .323. Judge is just the second Yankee ever to hit a home run in each of his first two games with the club. Joe Lefebvre was the first to do it in May of 1980. Austin and Judge are also just the fourth and fifth New York Yankees to hit a homer in their very first at bat.

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